Nick Shay Named Editor in Chief of International Research Journal

Nick Shay

Nick Shay

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 15, 2014)—Lynn K. “Nick” Shay, a longtime editorial board member of Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans, has been named editor in chief of the international journal for research related to the dynamical and physical processes governing atmospheres, oceans, and climate. A professor in the Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Shay assumed the post in July.

A fellow of the American Meteorological Society, Shay was part of a NASA Group Achievement Award for his work with satellite altimetry during the Genesis and Rapid Intensity (GRIP) Program conducted in the fall of 2010.

His research interests include experimental and theoretical investigations of the ocean response and coupled air-sea interactions during hurricanes, airborne oceanographic profiling of upper ocean variability, coastal oceanographic process studies, and high frequency (HF) and satellite radar remote sensing to examine the linkages between surface signatures and upper ocean structure. The author of more than 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, he has chaired or served on 30 student committees.

Shay also has served on the editorial boards of a number of other journals, including the AMS Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanographic Technology and on various panels and committees, including the  board of directors of the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association; National Federation of Regional Association National HF Radar Steering Team; NSF and NOAA Hurricanes at Landfall; NOAA Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project Observing and Coupled Modeling Teams; Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association Observations Committee; and the NASA Hurricane Science Team.

Internationally, he has been the Oceanic Impacts and Air-Sea Interaction rapporteur for the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) International Workshop for Tropical Cyclones and a panel member of the WMO Landfall Processes and HFR Oceanography Workshops.


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University Names New VP for Enrollment Management

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John Haller

John Haller


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 14, 2014)—John Haller, a professional with more than 18 years of experience in the admissions field, has been appointed the new vice president of enrollment management. He will join the University September 8.

Currently the associate provost of enrollment management at Saint Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania, Haller has held several enrollment leadership positions across various areas, including admissions, marketing, and retention. Prior to working at Saint Joseph’s, he served as assistant dean of enrollment at Drexel University and as associate director of admissions and marketing at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

“I am excited for the opportunity to join the University of Miami community,” said Haller. “The University has great momentum and I look forward to partnering with the outstanding faculty and staff to attract and retain talented students from across the U.S. and around the world.”

Haller will succeed Ed Gillis, who is retiring after more than two decades at the University—a period during which his initiatives to increase applications and enroll more top-quality students played a major role in the University’s rise into the top tier of national research universities

During Haller’s tenure as associate provost of enrollment management, Saint Joseph’s University had notable successes, with first-year enrollment increasing 24 percent, and freshmen-to-sophomore retention increasing from approximately 86 to more than 89 percent—an institutional high. Haller led the offices of Undergraduate Enrollment and Operations, Student Records and Financial Services, Student Success and First Year Experience, and Systems and Analytics.

“John brings a wealth of experience in enrollment management and marketing to the task of undergraduate admissions,” said UM Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc. “His strong analytic and management skills will help us enroll the most academically gifted students, increase the number of students who stay at UM through graduation, and improve our ability to meet the financial need of our students.”

Haller received a Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of Michigan and holds master’s degrees in Business and Higher Education, as well as a certificate from the Institute for Education Management at Harvard University.

“The University of Miami is committed to providing students with a world-class education. I look forward to working with UM leadership to make a top-tier education more accessible to students from all backgrounds,” Haller said.

Haller also served as an adjunct professor in Drexel University’s Higher Education Master’s program. He is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and is also involved in the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

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Scott Levin Appointed Executive Director of Herbert, UHealth Wellness Centers

Scott Levin

Scott Levin starts full time on August 22.

By Mike Piacentino
Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 14, 2014) – Scott Levin, a leader in campus recreation and wellness, has been appointed executive director of the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center. He starts full time on August 22.

Levin comes to UM from Georgia State University, a public research institution with more than 30,000 students, where he has served as the director of recreational services since 2000. As the chief administrative officer leading 29 full-time employees, Levin oversaw intramural and club sports, fitness testing and assessment, outdoor recreation, a multitude of fitness and instructional classes, and aquatics programming.

“Scott is both a collaborative and innovative leader,” said Patricia A. Whitely, vice president for student affairs. “With 30 years of experience, I have no doubt Scott will bring his outstanding leadership in campus recreation and wellness to Miami.”

In August 2001, Levin opened Georgia State’s $33 million Student Recreation Center. Under his leadership, Georgia State’s Indian Creek Recreation Area was remodeled in 2013 to include a new outdoor recreation lodge and ropes challenge course.

As a campus leader, Levin served on many committees within Georgia State’s Division of Student Affairs and continually collaborated with other campus units to provide high-quality campus recreation and wellness programming for students and employees.

In 2013, Levin received the prestigious George M. Sparks Award, an annual award that recognizes one student, faculty, and staff member from Georgia State University who exemplifies a willingness to go the extra mile with good humor and perseverance.

“I am thrilled to play a key role in the University of Miami’s efforts to assess and respond to the wellness needs of the UM community by offering meaningful learning, growth, and engagement opportunities for our students, faculty, staff, and alumni,” Levin said. “We will continually deliver the highest level of customer satisfaction through our programs, services, and facilities.”

Prior to his appointment at Georgia State, Levin worked at Bowling Green State University for 15 years in a variety of campus recreation positions. He received a master’s degree in administration of recreation services and a bachelor’s degree in K-12 education and physical education from Southern Illinois University.

“I am confident that his expertise and transformative ideas will enhance the wellness experience for all at the University of Miami,” Whitely added. “I am happy to welcome Scott and his wife, Cheryl, to our UM community. They, along with their daughter, Lauren, a graduate of Georgia State University, will be great additions to our ’Canes family.”

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Renowned Violinist Charles Castleman Joins the Music Faculty

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The appointment of Charles Castleman, one of music world’s greatest and most beloved mentors, is " a watershed moment for the Frost School of Music."

The appointment of Charles Castleman, one of the music world’s greatest and most beloved mentors, is ” a watershed moment for the Frost School of Music.”

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 9, 2014)—Charles Castleman, a prize-winning concert artist, celebrated master teacher, and renowned string quartet coach, is joining the Frost School of Music faculty as professor of violin after nearly 40 years at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York, where he chaired the strings department for eight years.

Castleman is one of the world’s most active performers and pedagogues on the violin today. A dynamic and highly expressive musical artist, he has appeared as a featured soloist with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Boston, Brisbane, Chicago, Hong Kong, Moscow, Mexico City, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, and Shanghai, to name a few. A beloved artist-teacher with thousands of devotees and former students around the world, he has conducted master classes in all major cities of Europe, the U.S., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

He is also the founder and director of the prestigious Castleman Quartet Program, an intensive and extensive summer workshop in solo and chamber performance that is celebrating its 45th continuous year. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma praised it as “the best program of its kind… a training ground in lifemanship.”

Castleman will begin transitioning his teaching from Eastman to Frost during the 2014-2015 academic year. He will be traveling regularly to the Coral Gables campus beginning this September to teach select private lessons, conduct master classes, and coach chamber music ensembles. He will begin teaching exclusively at Frost at the start of the fall 2015 semester. Full-time undergraduate and graduate violin students who are selected to matriculate into the University and the Frost School at the start of the fall 2015 semester will then be eligible to study full time with Castleman. The application deadlines are this December 1, and admission requirements and audition information are available at www.miami.edu/frost.

A remarkably gifted performing artist whose first public performance was at age 6 with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, Castleman made his solo recital debuts at age 9 at Jordan Hall in Boston and Town Hall in New York. He was a medalist in his early 20s at the prestigious and highly competitive International “Tchaikovsky” and “Brussels” competitions (the International Tchaikovsky Competition is held every four years in Moscow, Russia; the Queen Elisabeth Competition, also known as the Brussels Concours Musical International, is held in Brussels, Belgium).

The recording of Castleman’s competition performance of Léon Jongen’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with the Belgian National Orchestra was recently selected as one of only 17 violin performances to represent the excellence of the Brussels Concours Musical’s 50-year history and is included in a multi-box CD set on the Cypres Records label. Castleman’s former students have also been winners at international competitions including Brussels, Munich, Naumburg, and Szeryng and perform in top professional chamber groups and major orchestras.

“The appointment of Charles Castleman is a watershed moment for the Frost School of Music,” said Frost Dean Shelton G. Berg. “He is one of the world’s greatest and most beloved mentors in music. Charles is an innovator and forward thinker, and he will contribute greatly to the paradigm-shifting curriculum and ideals of our school. We know that the world of music continues to expand, and we will nurture and inform the skill set that prepares our graduates for vibrant careers.”

Castleman credits the Frost School’s forward-thinking faculty and leadership for his decision to join the faculty, beginning August 15. “The leadership, history, and location of the Frost School uniquely positions it to find, educate, and nourish young musicians of the highest achievement, endowed with the most extraordinary talent, from all the Americas. I am pleased and proud to be able to contribute to its future effectiveness and to add my input to its remarkably innovative thrust.”

In addition to teaching private violin lessons exclusively at the Frost School and coaching Frost string quartets starting in fall 2015, Castleman will interact with all string musicians in the Frost Chamber Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra through master classes and workshops. He also will incorporate his creative and collaborative teaching concepts into the Frost School’s trailblazing Experiential Music Curriculum, help shape a brand new type of master’s degree in performance, and participate in leading-edge initiatives at Frost, such as Universal Music U @ Frost to explore new concert and recording paradigms for classical music artists.

A prolific recording artist himself, Castleman’s impressive discography includes some of the most difficult works ever written for violin. His solo albums include recordings of six Solo Sonatas by Ysaÿe, eight Csardases for Violin and Orchestra by Jenő Hubay, and ten virtuoso cameos by Pablo de Sarasate. He also has recorded selections by George Gershwin and contemporary chamber music for violin with harpsichord by Darius Milhaud, Walter Piston, Samuel Adler, and much more.

As one of 16 Ford Foundation Concert Artists, Castleman commissioned David Amram’s Violin Concerto and premiered it with Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony; he later recorded it with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra for the Newport Classic label. He is a dedicatee of the Paracelsus-inspired violin-harpsichord work “Lares Hercii” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse. 

Castleman’s long-term chamber music associations have included performing and recording with The New String Trio of New York, plus recording numerous albums on major labels with the Raphael Trio and much-admired premieres at the Vienna Festival and the Kennedy Center.

Castleman earned degrees from Harvard University, Curtis Institute of Music, and the University of Pennsylvania. His teachers were Emanuel Ondricek (teaching assistant of Otakar Ševčík, a student of Eugène Ysaÿe) and Ivan Galamian (venerated violinist and pedagogue). Castleman credits David Oistrakh, Henryk Szeryng, and Josef Gingold as his most influential coaches. He plays the “Marquis de Champeaux” Stradivarius and “Sammons” Goffriller from 1708, and chooses from over 80 bows.

From the four pinnacles of performing, teaching, recording, and collaborating, classical music professionals hold Castleman in the highest regard. His joining the award-winning and esteemed full-time faculty of the Frost School of Music, of which close to 50 percent has been hired since Dean Berg joined the school in 2007 will quickly help expand the Frost School’s range and reputation throughout the world.

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Alumnus Returns ‘Home’ to Direct UM’s Athletic Bands

Jay C. Rees

Jay C. Rees will lead the Frost Band of the Hour beginning July 1.

CORAL GABLES, Fla.,  (June 16, 2014)—The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music has appointed UM alumnus Jay C. Rees as the new director of athletic bands, a post he currently holds at The University of Arizona in Tucson.

Rees, B.M. ’84, will lead the Frost Band of the Hour, the University of Miami’s marching and pep band, at sporting events, including nationally televised Miami Hurricanes football and basketball games, and expand the band’s reach and reputation throughout the region.

Rees takes over a band program with an 86-year history that includes performing at national bowl games and international competitions and events. He is charged by Frost School Dean Shelton G. Berg to: invigorate the athletic band program so it provides modern, outstanding time-of-life experiences for student members, including brass and wind musicians, percussionists, dancers, and others; build the Frost Band of the Hour into a top source of pride for the entire University community and a prominent leader in the marching band world; and establish a fresh and distinctive musical performance and field style that reflects the musical and cultural diversity of the city of Miami while projecting it to the world.

“The Frost School is very excited to welcome Jay Rees as the director of athletic bands. He is universally regarded as one of the most excellent and innovative musicians in this field,” Berg said. “Professor Rees has worked at the highest levels in classical, jazz, and popular music as a performer, composer, and arranger, which fits in perfectly with the ‘cross-training’ of musicians that the Frost School is known for. I have no doubt that the ‘Rees Era’ will be a golden age for the Frost Band of the Hour and the athletic band program.”

Rees cited the University of Miami’s reputation for athletic excellence as well as the Frost School of Music’s innovative music curriculum for his decision to join UM, beginning July 1.

“Every person wants to be excellent at what they do, but not all are successful. The key is who’s willing to do the work, to make the sacrifices, to become truly great at something,” said Rees. “I look forward to ‘pushing the envelope’ with the outstanding students of the University of Miami and the Frost School of Music. What I bring to The Band of the Hour will not only shape and define the student experience at UM but also prepare [students] for life beyond their college years.”

In addition to his 21-year tenure at The University of Arizona, where he also was a professor of music, Rees is an accomplished musician in jazz performance, having appeared throughout the U.S., Canada, and Japan. He toured with the international recording act The Lettermen as bassist and musical director and still actively performs.

An alumnus of the Frost School, Rees has a large catalog of published original music written for jazz, wind ensemble, concert bands, and athletic bands that is commissioned and performed by major universities and high schools nationwide. He teaches undergraduate music education, jazz studies, and leadership courses. He also travels as a clinician, guest speaker, adjudicator, and conductor for band programs across the country.

As director of The University of Arizona marching and pep bands, Rees’s contemporary arrangements and inventive drill design have gained national presence. His inspired leadership helped transform the medium and is referenced extensively in the book Marching Bands and Drumlines: Secrets of Success from the Best of the Best. In 2009, the prestigious College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) named UA’s Pride of Arizona one of the top marching bands in the country. Rees’s bands have released CD recordings and appeared in numerous television features, including NBC’s Today Show and Fox Sports.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jay Rees back to the U,” Director of Athletics Blake James said. “His musical reputation speaks for itself and we are confident that under his direction the Band of the Hour will continue to make a positive impact on our events, helping to create a first-rate gameday experience.”

In 2001, Rees choreographed a live “human flag” for the Tucson community in response to the events of 9/11. His iconic design incorporated 10,000 citizens and became a national symbol. The image appeared on CNN and was published in a special issue of Sports Illustrated.

Rees is listed in Who’s Who In America for the 21st Century as well as Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He is a member of ASCAP, The Recording Academy, and CBDNA. A native of Detroit, Rees lived in Miami and Los Angeles before making his home in Tucson with his wife Wendy Rees, and their two sons.

The Band of the Hour, named in 1948 after a Henry Fillmore march, “The Man of the Hour,” has existed in one form or another since 1928. Along with its commitment to musical and artistic excellence, the Band of the Hour has maintained a long tradition of service to the University. It is now referred to as the Frost Band of the Hour, in honor of Dr. Phillip Frost and Patricia Frost, generous donors to the marching band program who established an endowment to support its operations, and the naming donors of the Frost School of Music.

The Frost Band of the Hour is the largest and one of the most spirited student organizations on the UM campus. The band draws its membership from the entire student body, representing all of the states and almost every major.


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